When Wendy Geller’s body is found in Central Park after the night of a rager, newspaper headlines scream,”Death in the Park: Party Girl Found Strangled.” But shy Rain, once Wendy’s best friend, knows there was more to Wendy than just “party girl.” As she struggles to separate the friend she knew from the tangle of gossip and headlines, Rain becomes determined to discover the truth about the murder.
Starred Review in PW
Fredericks’s haunting psychological thriller is filtered through the watchful eyes of high school student Rain, as she looks into the death of her classmate Wendy, who is found murdered in Central Park the night after a party. Rain’s voice provides an authentic portrait of grief and powerlessness, while Fredericks (Crunch Time) offers profound, provocative commentary on what it means to grow up in the age of Facebook.
“[B]oth Rain and Wendy emerge as fully rounded, flawed characters that teens will recognize and connect with. A satisfying whodunit with enough clues and red herrings to keep mystery fans happy.”VOYA
“As in her previous novels, Fredericks paints a perceptive picture of teens and their struggles with social pressures. Rain is an interesting protagonist to follow as she tries to overcome her own issues in order to defend her friend who can no longer speak for herself. Fredericks creates believable adult characters as well, which is too often not the case in teen novels. The very real mystery of the story is a riveting background for Rain’s self-struggle, and the plot twists make this a true page-turner. This book will find a ready audience in fans of Sarah Dessen and Deb Caletti who are looking for something a bit edgier.”
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Leo, Max, Jane, and Daisy don’t have much in common. But when they all blow off their SAT prep in favor of forming their own study group, they actually begin to bond — over why there’s so much competition over a stupid test. And what it really measures, anyway.
Then it’s revealed that someone has cheated on the SATs, and all eyes point to the study group. Everyone knows that Leo can’t stand to lose. That Max is convinced he’s a loser. That Jane couldn’t care less about the whole thing. And that if Daisy doesn’t clinch the right score, forget it — she can’t afford to go to college.
The pressure is on for the cheater to come forward. Who will fess up?
REALITY? I’d give it a C-.
That’s what fifteen year old Judith Ellis thinks, anyway. Reality is her former best friend not talking to her this year. Reality is her dad living three thousand miles away. Reality is what happened outside 158 West Seventy-first Street, New York City.
To Judith, fantasy rules. Particularly in the Game, which she plays online with a bunch of strangers she knows only as the Witch, the Drunken Warrior, and Irgan the Head Case. In the gaming world it’s strictly alternative identities. No one knows who you are, no one gets too close.
But one player in the Game is coming after her — and he’s a lot closer than Judith guesses.
Close enough to see her, close enough to talk with her,
Close enough to like her.
Sari and Jess are best friends and total opposites. They’ve liked each other ever since they discovered that they are the only two normal people at Eldridge Alternative. As they prepare to face the trials of ninth grade, Sari is psyched. Jess, not so much. How can she face the Prada Mafia, the most evil clique at school? Or Mr. McGuiness’s unnervingly long nose hair?
What if something really interesting happens to Sari and nothing whatsoever happens to Jess?
Not even Jess can predict the mayhem when Sari falls madly, psychotically in love with David Cole.
David is a senior. David is cool. And he’s been dating Thea Melendez for forever. So he can’t possibly be interested in Sari. Or can he?
Now Jess has a new worry. Because if David is interested in Sari, Sari may not be interested in being Jess’s best friend anymore. Cool is cool and geek is geek, and at Eldridge, the two definitely do not mix.